Referral and Intake Process

Children are placed in BOCES special education programs at the direction of their local school districts Committee on Special Education (CSE). CSE teams, including the district CSE chairperson, classroom teacher, parents and service providers collaborate to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for any student identified as requiring special education services. Contact your local school district’s CSE chairperson for more information. 

Intake Process

A new intake process for the division was implemented in November 2017. 

Resources for Special Education Administrators in School Districts

If you are a school district CSE chair or person responsible for student referrals and would like a copy of the division’s Student Referral Form or Intake Guide, please contact Roni Kearns, 518-464-6315 or

Special education administrators in school districts may also access relevant resources online.